• Grade Level Mastery  •
  • Math Remediation  •
  • Learning Reinforcement  


For more than a decade, HighPoints Learning has been providing quality online Math services to students that have difficulty achieving grade-level proficiency. We have been helping students who struggle with Mathematics in more than 27 states through individualized, interactive, research-based teaching methods and interventions that have proven success with supporting data. Our question bank contains over Math problems that meet Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and 50 States standards for grades 2-12 students. We also provide a range of necessary time-saving tools which help teachers create a learning environment that is mathematically empowering.

Proven Instruction Practices

Instruction aligned to State and CCSS standards

Once the state or any national council has published its standards, we are able to use those guidelines to generate grade specific questions. When we create the curriculum for a state, we take the relevant standards from the Department of Education website for that state. The standards are usually broad. We take the standards for each grade and further subdivide them into more specific components to provide meaningful targets for instruction and assessment. Once we have the template ready with the standards, we then add relevant assessment and practice Math items for each grade level.

Click Here to view documents showing specific alignment of our program to Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

It is really important to align instruction and assessment to state or relevant standards. When instruction and assessment is aligned to relevant standards:

  • It promotes meaningful academic instruction . Students are more likely to learn because instruction is focused.
  • It prepares students for state assessments because they are assessed on what they are taught.

A 1997 research monograph, by Norman Webb of the National Institute for Science Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that establishing alignment of standards and assessments is an early indicator that helps assure a state's standards and assessments will reach their full potential. He also points out on his report that a test, or tests, and a curriculum framework that are in alignment will work together to communicate a common understanding of what students are to learn, to provide consistent

Click here view the report by Norman L. Webb.

Authentic assessment is aligned with the curriculum. It assesses what we teach and what we value (Stiggins, 1994; Valencia, 1990; Wiggins, 1989). Deciding the important outcomes is not always easy, but it is a critical first step in creating authentic assessments. There are many helpful resources for teachers : state and district curriculum guides, published instructional materials, national standards documents, and professional colleagues (Au, 1994; Valencia & Place, 1994).

Research findings indicate that the practice of aligning assessments and instruction to content standards can be linked to increased learning outcomes for both students with and without disabilities (Browder, 2006; Thurlow, 2003; Wiener, 2005).

Instruction Method

Our program employs a research-based, balanced, comprehensive approach to teaching and our instructional practices are based on scientific evidence.

  • The program begins with a Diagnostic Test designed to identify a student's current areas of strength and challenges.
  • Effective Mathematics teaching requires understanding of what students know and need to learn and then supporting them to learn it well. Keeping this in mind, we develop an Individualized Learning Plan (SLP) on the basis of the results of the Diagnostic Test. The learning plan incorporates the challenges identified from the test and also includes lessons from current grade-level state standards.
  • We group relevant grade-specific learning goals on the learning plans into ""isessions"" that lead to the achievement of the big goal.

AFT (American Federation of Teachers) recommends Diagnostic Tests and strongly believes that this type of assessment allows teachers to diagnose students' content knowledge and remediate any weaknesses by adjusting curricula and instruction to meet student needs.

Click here to view the AFT report released in June 2008.

Each "isession" consists of the following 4 components:

Pre-Review Session

Before dividing into the actual tutoring session, we want to quickly understand student's current knowledge of the Math concepts related to the session. Students are not expected to know the answers to all of the questions; however, they are expected to utilize previous knowledge to predict rational answers.

Learning Session

After the Pre-Review session, students work on the 'Learning Session', which is the 2nd part of the "isession". The Learning Session has been thoughtfully designed to help students learn new concepts, develop strong knowledge of Math fundamentals, and build problem-solving skills. The session provides students with helpful hints on how to answer each Math question correctly. Students may click on the "Hint" button and carefully review the step-by-step guide of how to solve Math questions at their own pace.

Practice Session

After completing the Learning Session, the student moves on to the Practice Session. Here students practice on similar questions that he/she just learned in the Learning Session. This helps the students retain the learning they were just taught and to develop their individual Math skills. Students may review the 'step-by-step' solution for each question if they need help in solving it.

Review Session

When taking the Review session at the end of an "isession", students should be expected to answer more questions correctly based on an increase in knowledge and understanding. The score on this session helps teachers determine if the student has 'mastered' the related Math concepts or not.

4 components discussed above, reflect exact class-room teaching. In these four sessions, we repeat a good number of Math items to reinforce the Math concepts. A few “isessions” may appear similar, but are different in important ways that help students successfully progress.

Newell & Rosenbloom (1981) and Anderson (1995) advocate that students must receive focused practice to achieve mastery of skills. Mastery requires focused practice over days or weeks. After only four practice sessions students reach a halfway point to mastery. It takes more than 24 more practice sessions before students reach 80 percent mastery. This practice must occur over a span of days or weeks, and cannot be rushed (Anderson, 1995; Newell & Rosenbloom, 1981).

Research-Based, Intuitive Intervention Strategies

If mastery or proficiency - that is a score of 70% or higher - is not achieved on an "isession", those "isessions" are flagged as 'Achievement Gaps'. Students that do not score at a proficient level on an"isession" are offered remediation using relevant prerequisites from prior grades and the opportunity to retake the same "isession" one more time to check their understanding. Our intuitive system tracks students' Math deficits and drill all the way down to grade 3 if deemed necessary.

In Mathematics 'drill and practice' can increase the conceptual understanding of a topic. Teachers strongly believe that drill and practice are among the most important techniques for teaching Mathematics.

Click here to view a report on this by M.A. Lazim and M.T.Abu Osman.

Evidence Based Math Program

We have been successful helping students who are falling behind grade-level proficiency. Since 2005-06, students have used our platform and experienced an average 17 point increase in pre and post- assessment results. In addition, 83% of our students reported that their Math grades went up in school. In our home state of Georgia, 65% of students passed/exceeded the state Math tests (CRCT, EOCT, and GHSGT) after using our program. We have a solid track record of helping low-performing students succeed.

Click here to view a report demonstrating our success. More authentic reports are available upon request.

Exclusive Teacher Resources and Tools Our state-of-the-art reporting system analyzes data and produce efficient, easy-to-understand reports to help teachers improve instructional practice and maximize student learning. It reduces teachers' workload, saves time, and removes a lot of their most labor intensive, repetitive and time consuming tasks. A wealth of information at teachers' finger tips: detailed reports showing student grades for every Math session; summary reports showing student progress by topic, remediation, additional practice to reinforce classroom learning, and homework assignments which can easily be prepared weeks in advance of the teachers' plan to present such work to students.

We Deliver Results

Through interactive and iterative tutorial "isessions", students can build strong Math skills and achieve higher test scores in Math and improved Math grades. Students that spend at least 30-40 minutes 3 times a week on the program and teachers that make use of the monitoring tools and reports proficiently will have a rewarding experience using our Math program.

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